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September 2, 2020
Didn’t have an opportunity to finish your DLD courses in Canvas? A make-up opportunity is available September 8 – October 18.
Are you a new teacher who attended professional learning sessions this summer? Your credit will be on your PLZ transcript by September 16.
K-12 Math Curriculum Maps are here! Use this step sheet & stay tuned for new PD. Plus, watch this video for an overview, pacing guidance& notable changes for the 2020-21 school year.
Be sure to review the 2020-21 District Implementation Guide (DIG) for guidelines on the RTI2 process. We hope you like the new look! Here is a list of all the new updates for easy reference.
New school grant opportunities are available! Learn all the ways to score money & resources to support your students this year!
Sept. 8 - Oct. 16: DLD Make-Up Courses (NEW)
Sept. 20: 3rd Annual Necessity Drive (NEW)
Sept. 25: i-Ready Diagnostic Deadline (NEW)
i-Ready is up and running for 2020-21. Get key start-up documents here!

A variety of video resources are available for families to help you get good diagnostic data from home. Don't forget, you can access i-Ready PD in PLZ. View this FAQ & one-pager for start-up/login info.

  • Introducing the Diagnostic: English Spanish
  • Administering the Diagnostic: English | Spanish
  • Student video describing the Diagnostic and helping to prepare students for testing at home
  • Family Fridge Tips Checklist for administering the Diagnostic at Home: English | Spanish

Help support our students in need at the District's 3rd annual Necessity Drive.

The annual Necessity Drive provides necessity items to under-resourced families of students who attend Shelby County Schools. Each year, individuals, businesses and/or organizations provide items or monetary contributions to support our students. This year's drive takes place on Friday, September 20, from 4-6 p.m. at East High. View a list of needed items and details on making donations online or via CASH APP here.
It's Yoga Awareness Month! Sign up now for Yoga in the Park September 19!

September is Yoga Awareness Month, so the Coordinated School Health and Human Resources teams are partnering to present Yoga in the Park for SCS employees. Sign up for FREE instructor-led yoga classes, social distanced in the fresh air of Sea Isle Park on Saturday, September 19, at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. Get more info here.
New opportunities are available for required medication training.

Did you know all schools are required to have at least two (2) staff members trained annually on medication administration. Medication administration classes will be taught several times during the 2020-21 school year by the Department of Exceptional Children & Health Services. Sessions will be available in PLZ. You can view the full schedule here. If you have questions, contact Nursing Services at (901) 416-2424.
Congratulations to the winner of the virtual classroom contest, LaTonja Thompson!

Last week, the Human Resources team asked all teachers to showcase their creativity on Facebook while setting up new virtual classrooms. So many teachers did such an incredible job that you wouldn’t even know you’re not in a school! However, there could only be one winner, and the teacher who received the Amazon gift card for getting the most “likes” for her virtual classroom is Ms. LaTonja Thompson of Vollentine ES. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the winner of the #SCSEATSWELL cooking competition, Leslie Garrison!

SCS Benefits and Coordinated School Health teamed up in August to motivate employees to eat healthy with the new #SCSEATSWELL social media challenge. Employees were asked to prepare the VitaMin recipe of the month - Vegetarian Taco Salad - and post a pic with the dish on social media. Ms. Leslie Garrison of Kate Bond ES received the most "likes" on her post and won the wellness pack, which includes a backpack, jump rope, water bottle, healthy eating lunchbox, lunch bag and other nutrition goodies. Congratulations!
STUDENT CONTEST: This is 2020: Meaningful Stories, Artful Healing - Submissions due September 10

Creative expression can be a beneficial way to process and respond to traumatic experiences and times of uncertainty in our lives. Stand For  Children is looking for K-12 students to submit poetry, artwork, essays and/or music that conveys the essence of 2020 as it pertains to the global pandemic or police violence. Digital submissions will be accepted through Thursday, September 10. Submissions can be sent to Dr. Crystal Harris at using the subject line, “Artful Healing.” Please make sure the file is accessible for download and includes the student’s name, grade and title for each submission. Finalists from each age group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be showcased virtually on Thursday, September 17, in addition to receiving a Stand For Children Black Lives Matter shirt and being entered in a drawing among finalists to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
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